Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge

Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede is located in the northeastern most corner of Northern Ireland. So northeast, in fact, that you can see Scotland!

Young woman on Carrick A Rede rope bridge Ireland - http://suitcasesandsunsets.com/carrick-a-rede-rope-bridge.html
Young woman on Carrick A Rede rope bridge Ireland

Facts

Carrick-a-rede means ‘rock in the road.’ Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is a rope suspension bridge near Ballintoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny Carrick Island.

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Perspective: Northern Ireland rope bridge, Carrick-a-Rede

The site is owned and maintained by the National Trust, spans twenty meters and is thirty meters above the rocks below.

Today the bridge is mainly a tourist attraction, with approximately a quarter million visitors per year. The bridge is now open all year round.

Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland http://suitcasesandsunsets.com/carrick-a-rede-rope-bridge.html
Beautiful Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge in Northern Ireland

History

Deaths

There are apparently no recorded accidents of anyone falling or becoming injured from the old bridge but some have been trapped at the other end of the bridge and unable to come back so they have had to be collected from the island by boat.

Ascending the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - http://suitcasesandsunsets.com/carrick-a-rede-rope-bridge.html
Ascending the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Safety

The old bridge has been improved upon by The National Trust in 2000 when they installed a new caged structure which was thought of as an additional safety measure to protect tourists.

The current Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge as it stands was opened to the general public during March 2008.

 

Vintage image of the Carrick-a-Rede Bridge (1980s)

Carrick Island

On the other side of the rope bridge you will find Carrick Island, the reward for bravely crossing the bridge is the diverse bird life on show and a completely uninterrupted view across Scotland and Rathlin Island.

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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge (Northern Ireland)

The area is exceptional in natural beauty with stunning views of Rathlin Island and Scotland. The site and surrounding area is an Area of Special Scientific Interest, with unique geology, flora and fauna.